October 1, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 17)

Automated Liquid Handling and Workflow Solutions for the Life Sciences

Tecan is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions for life science research, biopharmaceuticals, forensics, and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production, and distribution of instruments and automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life science sector. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies.

About Tecan

Founded in Switzerland in 1980, Tecan has over 1,100 employees worldwide, with R&D and production facilities in both Europe and North America, and a sales and service network in 52 countries. This global presence ensures excellent service and support for its customers around the world, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic laboratories, and diagnostic centers.

Tecan’s extensive range of liquid-handling and robotics systems, as well as a broad portfolio of detection devices, combine innovative technologies with user-oriented features to bring improved efficiency, safety, and throughput to a broad spectrum of laboratory applications. Combined with the company’s cutting-edge detection instruments and high-quality consumables, this allows Tecan to offer complete solutions that precisely match your workflow.

Automated Liquid Handling and Detection

The Freedom EVO® liquid-handling workstation is at the core of Tecan’s range of laboratory automation solutions, offering a fully customizable platform for the automation of genomic, proteomic, drug discovery, and development and other life science applications. This versatile liquid-handling platform can be integrated with a wide choice of robotic arms, high precision pipetting tools, and application modules for all your requirements, including 96- or 384-multichannel pipetting and barcode sample identification. The Freedom EVO’s freely configurable worktable allows easy integration of separation and detection devices, shakers, and incubators.

The flexibility of the Freedom EVO platform can be further extended through seamless integration of Tecan’s microplate readers and washers, which can also operate as standalone instruments. Led by the Infinite® series of multimode readers, the versatile microplate and microarray instrument range includes multifunctional, modular, and upgradeable systems. In addition, Tecan offers a unique microarray product suite, comprising the original fully automated, walkaway microarray processing system—HS Pro—and the LS Reloaded™ or PowerScanner™ laser scanners, offering reliable automated hybridization and analysis of both slide and microplate arrays.

This broad expertise allows Tecan to provide complete solutions that offer high-throughput processing and ensure reproducible, accurate results in areas such as genomics, proteomics, and forensic science.

The company covers an extensive portfolio of biopharma applications, supplying pharmaceutical laboratories with automated solutions for cell culture, nucleic acid extraction, normalization and genotyping, protein purification and analysis, hit-picking and ADME screening, PCR applications, and protein crystallography. Its diagnostics solutions include sample preparation, pooling, automated ELISAs, veterinary and food applications; all applications are tested and validated to meet stringent guidelines and regulatory requirements, as well as providing essential safety features for complete processing security.

OEM Instruments and Components

OEM customers benefit from Tecan’s 30 years of experience in technology through a wide range of products, including components, detection devices, platform-based and dedicated liquid-handling instruments, as well as plastic consumables. Tecan’s Cavro® brand high-performance syringe pumps, peristaltic pumps, distribution valves, injection valves, and robotic sample processors provide reliable and flexible liquid handling for any instrument design, in almost any application within life science, clinical diagnostic, or analytical chemistry laboratories. These components are designed to be rugged for low maintenance, and are fully compliant with new compulsory directives.

Tecan’s OEM instruments are able to grow with the needs of the customer by two different approaches. Instruments based on the Freedom EVO workstation or a detection instrument platform enable flexible automation and rapid prototype development, and can quickly be launched on the market. Dedicated instruments are suitable for high volumes and help to optimize the cost per instrument.

Service and Consumables

Tecan’s high-quality consumables are designed and manufactured to complement its laboratory automation solutions, using stringent quality control processes and innovative purity standards to keep your systems running perfectly. This same passion for excellence can also be seen in the company’s first-class customer service, support, and training, ensuring you experience the same high standards that are the hallmark of all Tecan products.

Tecan Group

Seestrasse 103

CH-8708 Männedorf


Phone +41 44 922 81 11

 Website www.tecan.com

Date Founded 1990

Number of Employees >1,100

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